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[English Wartime "Cheap" Edition in Variant Dust Jacket]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A107.3) (Woods A44a)
Date: 1940
Published: George G. Harrap & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (466 pages)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Dark blue cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14285



Churchill's initial alarms against Hitler and the Nazis are collected here in forty-one adamant pre-war speeches, 1936-1938, edited by his son Randolph. Published in the U.S. under the title WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT, the book, according to FDR, sat on his White House nightstand.

Description: Unsold copies of the first printing of ARMS AND THE COVENANT were re-issued as this so-called "Cheap Edition" by Harrap in June 1940. The only new feature was a new dust jacket, printed a vivid yellow with deep red type. This is a virtually mint copy with an unclipped dust jacket that is flawless, save for a whisper of sun-fading to the spine, a miniscule chip at the spine head and two short closed tears along the upper edge of the front face. The book itself is similarly mint, the cloth a rich and unfaded dark blue, including the notoriously fade-prone spine. The binding is tight, the corners square. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with a tiny vintage bookshop sticker on the rear pastedown and the usual faint dust jacket flap toning to the half-title and rear free endpaper..

The finest copy of this rarity that we have encountered.

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